In the case of profoundly deaf children who cannot be amplified to hear in the speech banana, the argument of "letting the child decide" does not make sense to me. This is a decision for the child in itself.
If you have the child communicate through sign until they are old enough to "choose" for themselves, you have made the choice for them to not exercise their auditory pathways for years. Should they later decide they wish to hear, you will have chosen for them to have grown up without developing their speech and hearing skills to the point where they will never develop as they would have with the benefit of cochlear implants.
I understand that there are reasons for both choices, but to advance the opinion that opting for an implant is wrong because you are making a "choice" for your child is nonsensical to me.
I would imagine that it would be easier for an adult to decide to not use their implants and learn to use sign language fluently after speaking for 10-15 years when compared to teaching a person who has not spoken for 10-15 years to speak as well as someone who has been "hearing" that entire time.
Either way you are choosing that child's path for them. What they do when they reach the age of majority is up to them, and either way I think they can be successful. My personal choice is to give my child the ability to hear, and if they decide to not use that ability later in life, that will be their educated decision.
U r confusing me. I said I believe in exposing any deaf/hoh children with both approaches (oral, to exercise their auditory skills, and sign, for language and literacy development, languages) and it seems like u r saying that I am against speech development. Or that I won't allow the child to be exposed to speech training. Where did it say that I said that? If I said that then I must have made a typo.
My primary concern over everything else is literacy skills, the ability to read and write at their age approprate levels.
U said a child who has been speaking can choose to learn sign language later. Well, that was me. I was born profondly deaf and grew up without ever being exposed to sign language or deaf culture. I missed out a lot of information sitting in a large classroom of everyone talking not being able to catch what everyone was saying. I was left out 90% of the time. Is that fair for me as a child??? I wish I had both instead of the oral only approach. Yes, I have good lipreading and speech skills but I still missed out on way too much, in my opinion, growing up. Learning ASL was the best thing I have ever done in my life. My deaf brother was taught in the oral only approach but he struggled with it until finally at the age of 5, my mom had to send him to the deaf school cuz his language was so delayed due to not picking up on auditory cues. If he had sign language since birth, he wouldn't have all the stuggles he had with reading and writing growing up even after becoming fluent in ASL. Just he became fluent in it at an older age when he should have been learning how to read and write. Thankfully, he had the inner desire to overcome the obstacles and now is a grad student. My point, shud that have happened just because the experts told my mom that by learning sign language, we woudnt learn speech nor lipreading skills. Well, duh, even without learning sign language, my brother couldn't learn it for some reason and he ended up with a language level of an 1 year old at the age of 6!
Now, professionally, I see so many of the same issues.
If hearing kids of deaf chdren r exposed in both and become fluent in both languages why can't deaf/hoh children have the same opportunities.
Speech development is the least of my worries. Literacy skills r my #1 priority for all deaf.hoh children without cognitive disabilities. By providing both, the child can be fluent in both and as an adult, they can continue with both or choose one over the other but at least they will be more likely to have good reading and writing skills.
U can disagree with me and u r entitled to your opinion but I am standing by my beliefs. I am not against CIs in children. It is none of my business if parents want to implant their children but I believe that they shud be exposed to both languages at the same time.
I just wouldn't implant my child cuz I don't want to and that is my business. However, I would expose my child to both languages anyway.